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03-01-2013, 03:34 PM
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How did SJ turn it around so fast?

Between the end of the 92-93 season and the beginning of the 93-94 season the Sharks went 1-25. One of the most putrid streaks in NHL history and not one you could just chalk up to poor puck luck...but after a win at home against Edmonton in late October, they somehow turned it on like a switch and became a competitive NHL franchise, and played over .500 somehow over the remainder of the 93-94 season.

Was the previous coach that horrible? Did the Constantine system just fit them perfectly, because there has never been such an incredible turnaround in sports really. Before that the sharks were historically bad, right there with the Sens. And then one day they wake up and become an above .500 team? How does that happen? They started 93-94 0-8 and looked DEAD

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It's funny how you forget these things. Starts to the season are a funny thing. The 1993-'94 Leafs started 10-0. The 1998-'99 Avs had records of 1-5-1 and 17-19-4 that late into the season before winning 12 in a row. Sometimes a lot of things click for a team. Stuff happens in locker rooms. Things get said and in the case of San Jose I'm not really sure what happened but I think it was just a bad streak to start the season. The 1967 Leafs once lost 10 games in a row in the middle of the season. How many Cup winning teams can say that? The Sharks ended up 33-35-16 so in reality that 0-8-1 start doesn't look all that bad in context. They were a mediocre team at best in the NHL even by the end of the season. How they ever put away the Red Wings in the 1st round I'll never know.

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Didn't they acquire Larionov during that season?

Edit: They did. They claimed him on waivers in October 1992 although he did not play a game until the 1993-94 season. It looks like he didn't play a game in 92-93, but I can't recall why. He had a pretty decent season and an even better playoff as they upset Detroit.


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Didn't they acquire Larionov during that season?

Edit: They did. They claimed him on waivers in October 1992 although he did not play a game until the 1993-94 season. It looks like he didn't play a game in 92-93, but I can't recall why. He had a pretty decent season and an even better playoff as they upset Detroit.
Larionov, to me, was a real, "makes everyone around him better" player. On paper, he is moderately impressive at best, in the NHL anyways. But I feel that he was the part that made many of his teams better than the sum of their parts.

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Acquiring two-thirds of what was formerly the greatest forward line in the world always helps.

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